Q: WILL MOISTURE PROBE TESTING LEAVE THE HOME SCARRED AND UGLY?
A: No. Moisture testing involves drilling 3/16” holes and then patching the holes with caulk of a matching color. We bring along over 30 shades of caulk in order to find a good match. Once we’re done, the moisture testing holes are typically only visible to someone with a trained eye, or someone who is looking for the holes up close.
Q: WILL MOISTURE PROBE TESTING CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE HOUSE?
A: No. After testing thousands of stucco homes for over 20 years, we have never had a single case where water damage occurred as a result of moisture probe testing. Probe testing is the most reliable and least intrusive method available for testing stucco homes.
Q: WILL MOISTURE PROBE TESTING COMPROMISE THE INTEGRITY OF THE MOISTURE BARRIER?
A: Moisture testing will puncture the moisture barrier, however, by injecting caulking all the way inside the hole, it will also be able to seal the penetration.
Q: WHY DO YOU USE CAULK AND NOT STUCCO TO PLUG THE HOLES?
A: It is difficult to match the color of stucco, and to have stucco mixed and color-matched on site would be cost prohibitive. Caulk is a flexible material that can be injected deep in the openings, making it a much better solution.
Q: DOES THE SELLER NEED TO GIVE PERMISSION FOR INVASIVE MOISTURE TESTING?
A: Yes. The seller must fill in & sign this form and get it back to us before we can begin testing
Q: WILL YOU ACCEPT AN AMENDED PURCHASE AGREEMENT INSTEAD OF YOUR MOISTURE RELEASE FORM?
A: Unfortunately, no.
Q: CAN THE BUYER BE THERE FOR THE MOISTURE TESTING?
A: Sure, but you’ll be bored. This isn’t like a home inspection where it’s a great learning experience: moisture testing involves setting up ladders, drilling holes, taking moisture readings, and then filling the holes. It gets pretty repetitive. If you plan to attend, bring a book along.
Q: THE HOME I’M BUYING HAS REAL STUCCO, NOT THE SYNTHETIC STUFF THAT HAS HAD ALL OF THE PROBLEMS I’VE HEARD ABOUT… SO I SHOULD BE FINE, RIGHT?
A: Quite the contrary. The “real” stucco is what we’ve had so many problems with here in Minnesota.
Q: DO YOU OFFER A WARRANTY?
A: A warranty can be purchased through MoistureWarranty.com. Our moisture reports are accepted by this service as qualified moisture inspections.
Q: HOW SOON IS THE REPORT AVAILABLE?
A: Most reports are sent out within 48 hours of the moisture test.